Principal Banning All Fall Holidays at School… Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving… and Christmas Has Already Been

Here we go again… It just gets worse every year. Stand-up America!! What holds a society together is its common values, traditions and history; something the secular progressives have been working on for years to refashion or steal  from us.

“The Celebration of Christmas in America is not Just a Christian Holiday,  but a Celebration of our National Past and Our Collective Wishes and Psyche as a Nation!” (See:  God Rest Ye Merry Merchants) And so it is with Thanksgiving, Columbus  Day and Halloween, the are part of collective memory, our past… even with the flaws.  The truth has no agenda and the negatives make us stronger.

Posted: 10/17/2011

You won’t see little ghouls and goblins running around one Massachusetts elementary school this Halloween.

The Boston Herald reports that the principal has banned costumes.

The reason?

The school superintendent says Halloween is quote “problematic” for some families due to its connections to witchcraft.

It’s not the only holiday on the chopping block.

The school’s principal is telling teachers to be careful about celebrating Thanksgiving in their class activities.

All of this comes on the heels of her attack on Columbus Day when she told teachers they could no longer quote: “ignore the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples.”

So, what do you think?

Does the principal have a valid point here or is she going overboard by pushing her own beliefs on teachers and students?

Principal Anne Foley Bans Thanksgiving - xandert

Anne Foley, principal at Kennedy Elementary School in Somerville, Massachusetts banned Thanksgiving and Halloween deeming them as insensitive.

News item October 15, 2011: Massachusetts elementary school principal Anne Foley banned Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Columbus Holiday celebrations because, according to her, they’re insensitive. Her action stirred up considerable outrage and came to US Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s attention. He tweeted that political correctness shouldn’t be taken to the extreme and added to allow the Somerville kids enjoy Halloween.

Principal Writes Negative Comments about Christopher Columbus Fall Holiday

According to www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/15/massachusetts-principal-bans-fall-holidays-says-theyre-insensitive/. Anne Foley claimed that when people were young, they might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the aboriginal peoples, which he did.

US history information about Columbus opening the door to Europeans invading the Americas, according to danielnpaul.com/ChristopherColumbus.html, confirms the fact that Columbus and his crew did terrible things against the aboriginals. Columbus was an Italian. Queen Isabella, who financed his expedition, was Spanish. Columbus is given the credit for discovering the Americas. He anchored his ship by a small island in the Caribbean sea populated by friendly pacifist native people, the Taino. Columbus and his crew pillaged their village. When he returned to Spain, he gave Queen Isabella his stolen booty.

When other European countries heard tales of fabulous wealth in the Americas, they went to the new lands and committed more atrocities.

Principal’s Reasons for Banning Thanksgiving

The Boston Herald reported that Anne Foley sent teachers an email warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving and why people shouldn’t observe it. She wrote that Thanksgiving should no longer be celebrated because many people and Kennedy School’s students celebrating “this particular person,” referring to Columbus, are an insult to the people he annihilated. “We need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well because of this.” Teachers have already been told not to let students dress up for Halloween.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada. People are taught about the First Thanksgiving which was celebrated by Pilgrims and Wampanoagans in 1621, but history seems to ignore the Native American Pequot Tribe’s 1637 Thanksgiving Travesty. US schoolchildren are taught about the first Thanksgiving when Pilgrims and the Wampanoagans, also “Wampanoags,” celebrated their first harvest by giving thanks and feasting. Samoset and Squanto taught the Pilgrims planting and other survival skills, so Pilgrim leader Captain Miles Standish invited them, Chief Massasoit and other Wampanoagans to the three day celebration.

When news spread in England about the New World, more Puritans and others immigrated. They considered the land to be a public domain because there were no fences. Colonists seized land, captured Amer-Indians for slaves and killed others. The Pequot Nation hadn’t agreed to the peace treaty Squanto negotiated and fought back in The Pequot War.

In 1637, over 700 Pequots gathered for their Green Corn Festival. In the predawn hours, they were surrounded by Dutch and English mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who obeyed were killed, while women and children huddled inside the longhouse and were burned alive. The governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared this travesty “A Day of Thanksgiving.”

Colonists and their Amer-Indian allies committed more atrocities. George Washington suggested that one day of “thanksgiving” each year was to be commemorated, instead of celebrating every massacre. Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday.

No Reason Given by Principal for Banning Halloween Costumes

The only mention of Halloween is that Anne Foley banned wearing costumes. Halloween, also called Samhain, pronounced sow-en, is a Pagan holiday. Ancient Pagans Celebrated Hallowe’en, a Fire or Solar Festival as the third and final harvest and honoring the dead. They wore animal pelts to disguise themselves from evil spirits they believed walked on earth that night.

Was Salem’s witch hunts and mass hysteria in the 1600s a factor? According to Salem Witch Persecutions Cast, Who Was Who: Victims, 19 people were hanged, one pressed to death because he refused to be tried for witchcraft and four died in prison.

Principals’ Banning Fall Holidays Causes Outrage

Parents told MyFoxBoston they felt Anne Foley was overreacting. A woman said Foley had no right to ban Halloween. Another person said children need to express themselves. Don’t take holidays and fun away from them. A Somerville woman said she didn’t think children shouldn’t be able to celebrate fall holidays.

Superintendant Tony Pierantozzi told The Herald that Halloween is awkward because of its relationship to witchcraft, the first time the subject was mentioned.

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, who has three children at Kennedy, stated that he’s the son of Italian immigrants so Columbus Day is “near and dear” to him. He added that he planned on being in costume at Somerville’s annual Halloween parade, which residents say is one of the largest in the greater Boston area.

A few Kennedy students said they disagreed with the ban. One said it wasn’t right to ban Halloween. Another stated that the bans were “kind of ridiculous” because people should be allowed to celebrate holidays how they want to. People shouldn’t dictate holiday celebrations.

Will Principal’s Banning Fall Holidays have Repercussions?

Anne Foley’s ban on celebrating holidays has become a popular news item. hot-news.US/national/Massachusetts Principal Bans Fall Holidays Says they’re Insensitive, categorized the bans in Education, which has a link to the FoxNews article/video. I’ve read people’s comments about Foley’s bans and have talked to others about them. I haven’t found anyone who supports her actions. I celebrate Columbus Day because he is given credit for discovering of the Americas that paved the way for my Pennsylvania Dutch, Czechoslovak and Welsh ancestors to find freedom in the New Country. Halloween is fun, I’m thankful for bountiful food and I think of generations past. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for food shared with loved ones, family, friends and pets.

Only time will tell if there will be repercussions.

h/t to ABCActionNews by Shawn Martin, and Suite 1010 by Jill Stefko

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Fall Family Traditions

Our Country is being turned upside down.  Our national traditions and values are being erased, our history is being re-written and our religion(s) is being demonized.  WND sent out a notice today that Wicca is the fastest growing religion in America… now number 3 to Christianity and Islam.

About Ask Marion

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9 Responses to Principal Banning All Fall Holidays at School… Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving… and Christmas Has Already Been

  1. Pingback: The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving « Thanksgiving Supplies

  2. Popcorn says:

    I am a former Intelligence Analyst. People need to read the following: Communist Goals (1963)
    Entered into the Congressional Record — Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963 from the book by: Cleon Skousen Titled: “The Naked Communist.” The current Communist Goals that Nikita Kruschev’s Agenda for the destruction of the United States from the early 1950’s and continuing today, is what this is about. There are 45 items in this agenda/Communist Goals that have to occur for the take over of the United States. Almost all have been achieved, we are very close to the end, if we allow it to happen. Many involve the infiltration of the school systems, government, the destruction of the family unit, the destruction and restructuring of the Church, the destruction of the history of the U.S., the Founding Fathers, the U.S. Constitution, and holidays are part of this. Eestroy our real history good or bad, then anyone can re-write it the way they want. Many of those in the Upper Levels of School System today, unknowingly or knowlingly were brainwashed during their education in the 1960’s to present, into believeing the only form of good governing is the Communist Party. They started as low level teachers , then working their way into administration, professors, deans, etc. What better way to take over a country than through the teaching system and Our Children?
    Do The Research, please do not belive me. Do The Research.
    Remember: Lenin stated: “Give me a child for eight years, I will make it a Bolshevik forever.”
    Nikita stated about the United Statres: “One day we will pick you like rippened fruit from a tree.”
    Thank You for Your Time to Read this.
    “Knowledge is power, the lack of knowledge will enslave or destroy you.”

    • Ask Marion says:

      Thank you for reading my blog and post and thank you for this comment!!

      You are absolutely right!! Everyone needs to read the book The Naked Communist and watch the video: The Agenda – Grinding America Down.

      Weatherman Bill Ayers is one of the most obvious and visible members of the leftists in education who has been educating and brainwashing our kids and that included our President who started his campaign in Ayers’ living room and wrote is book. American media and public ignored his affect, like we did that of Rev Wright.

      And remember when Kruschev said in a speech (I think a the U.N.) “We will bury you without ever firing a shot.” And we ignored him or wrote it off as crazy ranting. Your comment also made me thing about Beck saying… Watch how Putin walks and stands… always with a hand to grab his pistol from his KGB days. Just like he hasn’t unlearned that habit, he has not unlearned his training. The radical left, just like the followers of Islam, are patient and plan 10, 20, 50, even 100 years ahead. We, especially mainstream Americans lose interest and patients if we don’t get immediate gratification and results. That is how they knew they could beat us!

      • Popcorn says:

        100% right. To many times we Americans have allowed disaster to creap up very close to us. We are, as The Japanese Admiral said: “I am afraid all we have done is awake the sleeping giant,” after the attack on Pearl Harbor. We The People are waking up, now we have to make sure that we regain this Country through the ballot box, and continue to monitor all in government.
        Take Care.

  3. Popcorn says:

    The problem we face started back with the Communist Manefesto in the later 1800, when Marx and Engles put it together. There entire idea was a collective/communal style governing. Unfortunately there is always some at the top that live very well, while the ones at the bottom stuggle. ie:Stalin and his Inner Circle. Unless you were picked out way ahead of time you could never advance or better yourself without the higharchy letting you. As of now there is still the ability in America to be an individual and better yourself through hard work. For info sake: Progressivism — Does anyone out there really understand what it really is????
    Progressivism started just about the same time as the rise of the Communist Party in America in the early 1900’s. Progressives parrelled Communist because their idologies were almost mirror like. They still are, if you really research deeply and ignor their facia front. Remember Progressivism is top heavy government that can lead to the following through time. To Egalitarian Socialism, To Socialism, To Communalism, To Communism, To eventually Anarchy. There is no other outcome, because eventually people will rebel. ie: USSR, China, are now National Socialism or State Run Capitalism. You can own a business, as long as you hold the party line. Putin was challenged by the richest oil man in Russia. Weeks later his assets were seized, and he was put in prison. A female reporter was investigating Putin, and when it was evident she would not stop, was found shot to death in her apartment stairwell. In China, well, there seem to be lots of firing squads.
    Keep the Faith and Pray We The People will wake up.
    Knowledge is power, the lack of knowledge will enslave or distroy you.
    Saying I remember all the time: “The human race is a herd specie, they want to be led without knowing they are being led.” I always add to that “Watch out who you follow to make sure you are not one of the last buffalo off the edge of the cliff.”
    Also remember, people that want and desire great amounts of power over others, have a mental illness. It is not natural to want to control others, it is a sickness.

  4. Popcorn says:

    One other comment. To those that really believed in the former USSR Social Communism as a great form of living and governing have to understand one thing. The United States Constitution and the former Soviet Unions Constitution were very much the same. The difference between both was how they are applied. Both allowed for #1. freedom of speech, #2. freedom of assembly, #3. freedom of the press and much more. Work on these three items. #1. U.S. you could essentially say what you want. USSR you say anything against the government you were watched and possibly arrested. #2. Assemby in the U.S. you can essentially assemble anywhere you want to.. USSR the Soviet owned all land and buildings. To be able to assemble you had to apply to a Party Organization for permission, you never got it, and were watched or arrested. #3. U.S until recently the press could say what they wanted aobut anyone today most is in the bag of the Liberals/Progressives. USSR – Pravda owned and operated by teh USSR goons.
    What is happening in the United State today is all about Power, Money, and Control.
    Research it all. George Soros collapsed three governments, and said it makes him feel like a God, and is now trying to collapse the United States. Maurice Strong, Communist/Socialist lined his pockets in the oil industry, then got caught at the UN (Unfit Nimbies) with Koffi Annan and his Son stealing from the Oil for Food program. Now in China helping the Chinese by up all the rare earth mineral rights in the world.
    All of this goes back to the destruction of the history, holidays, lore, family unit, churches, morals, values, ethics and honor many of us used to have. Distroy our history good or bad, and there is nothing to ground us, to know how we got to where we are today, where we came from, and then anyone can re-write our history to what they want. Total Control and Power.

  5. martin says:

    The way I read difference of the USSR ‘s constitution and ours is that ours reads “Freedom of Religion” theirs reads “Freedom From Religion” . And so do all of their listed freedoms has the words “Freedom From” and ours has ” Freedom Of”.

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